3 Covers, 1 Message About Trump and White Supremacy

As they have before, The New Yorker, The Economist and Time deliver on capturing this political moment

So many words have been entered into the record on the week in Charlottesville that it overwhelms. And as the mind searches for clarity, three magazine covers, from The New Yorker, The Economist and Time provide just that, with chilling efficacy.

Politics is not traditional subject territory for David Plunkert, the artist behind this week’s New Yorker cover, but “President Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups—as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters—compelled me to take up my pen,” he said in a Cover Story post. “A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary.”

The Economist made the decision to change course on its cover and head into Trump/KKK megaphone territory after Trump delivered his Tuesday night remarks reaffirming his contention that both sides were to blame, according to what cover artist Jon Berkeley told HuffPost in an interview. “I do think that cartoons and illustration can have a strong effect on people’s perception of particular people or events over time,” he told Katherine Brooks, “maybe even more so as the credibility of the printed word is dented. Perhaps those who are undecided are just less inclined to comment.”

Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind Time’s cover, who previously created iconic orange and yellow Trump heads for Time and Der Spiegel, explains the meaning behind his cover illustration. “These people are hiding behind the flag and the idea of patriotism it connotes. They have tried to change the language from ‘White Supremacist’ to ‘White Nationalist,’ to further hide behind the flag, and the idea of patriotism,” he told Time’s D.W. Pine. “But they are espousing the same views as always.”